AWARDS

The World Startup Expo Awards are presented annually by Cocoon Ventures and Trescon to the winning startups, entrepreneurs for their outstanding ideas, innovation and excellence displayed at World Startup Expo.

The awards are distributed in more than 20 categories. WSE is Asia's biggest startup events and the auspicious awards were introduced for the first time in 2016. The awards reveal our commitment to empowering entrepreneurship and youth leadership across the country. We were also looking forward to contribute towards the ongoing digital revolution and the skill India mission.

The WSE Award winners were selected by authorised panels appointed by the organisers and the committee of experts. While presenting the awards, as the organisers of the event, we instilled pride for supplementing the ongoing startup wave in India.

AWARD CATEGORIES FOR ORGANISATIONS

  • OPEN CHALLENGE
  • PUBLIC SERVICE
  • INNOVATIVE CITIES
  • SMALL BUSINESS
  • INFORMATION SOCIETY
  • RETAIL
  • HEALTHCARE & WELLBEING
  • FINANCIAL SERVICES
  • FUTURE EDUCATION
  • CONSTRUCTION
  • INDUSTRY OF THE FUTURE
  • FOOD
  • ENERGY ELECTRIC ENERGY
  • SPORTS
  • PHARMACEUTICAL AND COSMETICS
  • TOURISM & EVENTS
  • AGRIBUSINESS
  • FASHION & BEAUTY
  • WEARABLES
  • OPEN CHALLENGE
  • SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL PLATFORMS

Nominate for organisational category

AWARD CATEGORIES FOR INDIVIDUALS

  • Investor of the Year
  • Founder of the Year
  • Youth Founder of the Year
  • Female Founder of the Year
  • Most Versatile Founder of the Year

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Jury’s Pick
  • Top 25 Most Innovative Companies

HOW TO NOMINATE

Any organization/individual may nominate themselves in relevant categories. Each nomination must be submitted on a separate form. Incomplete forms may be considered ineligible for assessment.

You can fill up award nomination form online or email complete information about award nomination project and attachment alongwith organisation name, contact person name, mobile no, email id on wseawards@tresconglobal.com. Please specify award nomination category clearly on the mail.

Application closes – October 21, 2016

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA To be eligible to apply, startups must fulfill all the following conditions:

  • Applicant/Entrepreneur must be an Indian national, resident in India, and above 18 years of age on August 14, 2016.
  • Startup should be registered in India no earlier than 01 Jan 2011. Startups registered before 01 Jan 2011are not eligible.
  • Startup should have raised a minimum of Rs 10 lakhs as external capital or have minimum revenue of Rs 10 lakhs in 2014-15. This condition is waived off only for one award category – Bootstrap Champ.
  • Once applicants fulfil the above criteria, they may apply to one or more of the following award categories.
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What are the judges looking for?

Section 1 – The Basics covers the company name, contact details, launch date and a 100-150 word elevator pitch (what the business does and the industry in which it operates); hopefully details that will be at your fingertips. It’s a good idea to save your progress at this point.

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About Your Business

It is your chance to tell us in your own words what makes your business a winning entry for the category or categories for which you are applying. Please use no more than 1500 words. In this letter, the judges are looking to see:

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How your business makes money:

Avoiding industry or technical jargon, explain in the simplest terms how your business model works?

4
What is unique about your business:

What differentiates you from competitors? Have you changed industry practices, produced innovative products or services or found a new route to market?

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Evidence of success:

Please provide evidence of achievement in excess of targets and key milestones for the business.

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Demonstration of sustainability:

Please provide evidence of achievement in excess of targets and key milestones for the business.

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Why the business should win:

This should be specifically related to the category or categories you are entering Please do speak to us if you have any concerns or need any clarification. Alongside the criteria above, judges will be comparing the extent to which businesses have demonstrated excellence in their financial performance.
You can apply for as many as you like; Startups also reserve the right, after consultation with the entrant, to include submissions in additional categories which they feel may be appropriate.